Swimming pool in Bagneux

Dominique Coulon et Associés has refurbished and extended an existing building that now displays its strong urban presence and has transformed the facility's image.

Dominique Coulon et Associés, Swimming pool in Bagneux
The purpose of our project, in an urban redevelopment area, is to transform the building’s image.
The refurbishment and extension form a harmonious mineral body. The extension is in light grey concrete, and the original building, with external insulation, is faced with cement in the same shade. This minerality is continued through to the hall floor, in Lucerne quartzite laid as opus incertum.
Dominique Coulon et Associés, Swimming pool in Bagneux
Dominique Coulon et Associés, Swimming pool in Bagneux

The scale of the new building, reinforced in this way, displays its strong urban presence. Its large cantilever and forecourt provide a generous amount of public space. A play of light recalls the reflection in the water on the east facade. The exterior signing is on the same scale as the building, and the archway serves as a giant sun-break.

The project creates a break in time, with unforgettable ambiances, soft lighting, fluid architectural promenades, and curves replacing right-angles.

Dominique Coulon et Associés, Swimming pool in Bagneux
Dominique Coulon et Associés, Swimming pool in Bagneux
The distribution area is flooded with unusual blue-tinged aquatic light, provided by a horizontal porthole in the bottom of the children’s paddling area. The light changes with the movement of the water. The space of the double-height relaxation area is encompassed by curved shapes; an attractive rounded window frames the view of the garden.
Dominique Coulon et Associés, Swimming pool in Bagneux
Dominique Coulon et Associés, Swimming pool in Bagneux
The architecture of the existing large area (two pools) is conserved. The incline of the structure is emphasised; the subtle play of oblique lines also adds a contemporary touch. The paddling pool offers children the feeling of being wrapped in a cocoon. The area is curved, which reduces sound reverberation naturally. The tall bay window floods the small round pool with sunlight. The place is designed to appeal to children’s imagination.
The large terrace is treated like a beach, with a tall concrete safety guard providing bathers with privacy. It is a place for discovery, in harmony with the ergonomics of the body.

Swimming pool in Bagneux, Paris
Client: Communauté d’agglomération Sud de Seine
Architect: Dominique Coulon et associés
Team: Dominique Coulon, Benjamin Rocchi; collaborators: Arnaud Eloudyi, Sarah Brebbia, Gautier Duthoit
Construction site supervision: Agence Olivier Werner
Structural Engineer: Batiserf Ingénierie
Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Engineer: Alto Ingénierie
Cost Estimator: E3 Economie
Acoustics: Euro Sound Project
Area: 3,431 sqm
Cost: € 8,038,000

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